NBA To Eliminate G League Ignite After 2023/24 Season

3:39pm: The league confirmed in a press release that it’s eliminating the G League Ignite at the conclusion of the season, which is March 28.

3:16pm: The NBA plans to shut down the G League Ignite — a team for developmental prospects that was launched in 2020 — after the 2023/24 season concludes, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The news isn’t surprising. Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA was “in the process of reassessing” the viability of the Ignite at All-Star Weekend last month.

I’m not sure what the future of Team Ignite will be because before I felt there was a hole in the marketplace we were filling,” Silver said. “Now my focus is turning to earlier development of those players.”

As Charania writes, the program was created as an alternative to college for top pre-draft-eligible prospects at a time when college players were not allowed to be compensated. However, changes to the way the NCAA operates — most notably the name, image and likeness (NIL) policy and the transfer portal — have made the Ignite more or less redundant.

According to John Hollinger of The Athletic (Twitter link), several NBA teams had questions about why the league was spending money on the Ignite, as well as the end goal for the program.

The Ignite produced four top-10 picks — Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Dyson Daniels and Scoot Henderson — and had 10 players drafted over the past three seasons. A pair of current Ignite players, Ron Holland and Matas Buzelis, are projected lottery picks in the upcoming draft, according to ESPN’s big board.

After going just 11-21 last regular season, the Ignite are the worst team in the NBAGL in ’23/24, with a 2-28 regular-season record.

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